Governor Brown Takes Action to Protect Oceans

California coastline
CDFW photo

Last week, Governor Brown signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to renew and expand a joint commitment to develop more renewable power, including offshore clean energy. Under the agreement, California and the U.S. Department of the Interior will coordinate the environmental review of potential marine renewable energy projects, such as offshore wind and wave energy, continue to identify offshore areas for potential projects, and update permitting guidance for these projects. This MOU builds on the creation of the California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force launched earlier this year. Continue reading

Join Us: “MLMA 101” Orientation Conference Call

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites tribes and native communities, stakeholders, and other interested members of the public to learn about the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Master Plan amendment process. We hope you will join us for a conversation about the upcoming process:

“Marine Life Management Act 101” Orientation
Brown Bag Conference Call for Interested Stakeholders

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | 12:00pm-1:00pm PT

Conference Number: (218) 339-7804 | Conference ID: 7927150

Agenda (PDF)

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Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Russian River State Marine Recreational Management Area, and Russian River State Marine Conservation Area

View of the Pacific Ocean from the Russian River Estuary. “Goat Rock and the Russian River” by W. Hsieh, CC BY  2.0

You sometimes see the phrase “All drains lead to the ocean” painted on the pavement near drainage grates in city streets, but this saying also holds true for watersheds across California. The Russian River is no exception. The river’s headwaters are located near the inland city of Willits in Mendocino County, where it begins its meandering, 110-mile journey through oak hills, valleys filled with vineyards, urban centers, and redwoods, eventually making its way to a foggy ocean outlet at Jenner. Continue reading

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: South Humboldt Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area (Part Two)

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Pacific staghorn sculpins (Leptocottus armatus). The species name armatus is Greek for “armed,” referring to the antler-like spines on the fish’s gill covers. photo by F. Shaughnessy

This is Part Two of a special installment of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife series, Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas. Part One of the installment investigated what makes this bit of estuary special and the protections that are in place to safeguard it. This final installment takes an inside look at recent research documenting the current state of the marine recreational management area. Continue reading

2016 Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas Now Available

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is pleased to announce the 2016 Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is now available on CDFW’s Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas website.

Adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission at their August 24 meeting, the plan sets a statewide foundation for the MPA Management Program to meet the goals of the Marine Life Protection Act.

For more information about California’s MPAs, please visit the California MPA website.

post by CDFW Marine Region staff